The world's most famous record-breaking express steam locomotive
On 24 February 1923, the world famous steam train, the Flying Scotsman, went into service with London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), on the London (King's Cross) to Edinburgh route. It remaines in main line passenger service until 1963.
The Flying Scotsman was the first engine to make the journey from London to Edinburgh non-stop and the first engine to reach 100mph.
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